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IMEI, MEID, ESN Number Information

Have you ever purchased a used, or even a brand new iPhone or Smartphone from 3rd party sources such as Craigslist or Ebay? Chances are, you know what a Bad ESN device is or have maybe even purchased a bad esn device. If you don’t know what Bad ESN means, your in luck – you can quickly learn what to do before buying that iPhone or Smartphone.

    Smart Tip: Every Smartphone, iPhone, iPad and Tablet has a unique identification number known as a ESN, IMEI or MEID number

  • ESN: Electronic Serial Number
  • IMEI: International Mobile Equipment Identity
  • MEID: mobile equipment identifier

ESN stands for electronic serial number. It is the unique identifier for mobile devices. The more technical references for ESN numbers are IMEI or MEID. If a device has a bad esn, it means it has a bad electronic serial number, rendering it useless.

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Get instant results on the status of your IMEI, MEID or ESN number. The IMEI check service supports the US and Canada IMEI Blacklist as well as the following carriers: Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, MetroPCS, Straight Talk, Net10, Tracphone and Cricket wireless. Free IMEI Checker

What does it mean to have a Bad Esn phone?

  • You will not be able to activate or transfer your cellphone plan to your device
  • You cannot unlock it and use it for a different carrier
  • Purchasing these devices can be nearly impossible to return
  • Carrier will require the original owner of the phone to get the device out of delinquent status

How does a phone become a Bad Esn?

  • Phone Reported Lost or Stolen
  • Outstanding, Delinquent or Past due balance on account
  • Unpaid Early Termination Fee
  • Failure to fulfill contract terms
  • Unpaid balance to insurance company
  • Sold while still on contract
  • Behind on phone bill